Enough of That

Maria, my wife, has taught me to reduce my use of the word “that.”  And it works!  That may be one of the most unnecessary words in English.  Write a paragraph, notice how many times you include that, then eliminate (nearly) all the occurrences, and you’ll see  you can live without that. I bet your paragraph sounds better, too. There are some valid uses for the word, most notably if you wish to be specific about an item:  “Can you hand me that glass, please?” as you point to the champagne glass among the beer glasses.  Even then, you may be able to use a more specific descriptor to avoid using that.  It’s a crappy word.